~ by Chris #16 Demaras ~

When the kids were little, we’d go to Mosport all the time. Mostly they enjoyed the ice-cream and just being out in the sunshine. They thought the race cars were ‘cool’. We always watched the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix, and the IMSA Sports Car races. But the past two years, the closest we’ve gotten to a race track was on TV.

This weekend, we were finally back at Mosport.

It was surprising just how many racers from the world of karting we bumped into. Austin Riley is well known for his inspiring ‘Racing with Autism‘ campaign. It was great to see a kid from Goodwood out on the big track racing a Radical SR3 prototype.

Over in the F1600 (Formula Ford) paddock we chatted with Jake Cowden and family about how their season has been going. But it was really cool to see our former teammate from PRO, Kai Dalziel, also jump into an open-wheeler after a season in Nissan Sentra Cup.

The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada event brings out a lot of older European cars with racing pedigrees, like the Fiat 500 Abarth and the iconic Mini, just a little older than my wife’s Cooper S..

It was also really cool to see our sponsor Paragon Competition represented in the pit lane at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. I’m sure Joe Chan was there racing. I should call him and ask how the weekend went.

For me, the highlight was seeing all the Subaru race cars! There was a late-model Legacy lined up behind a very sinister all-black WRX STi in the GT3 field. Out on track, the car that stole the show, was a 2005 ‘blob-eye’ Impreza WRX all painted up like Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR!

The 2021 CASC-ON Celebration of Motorsports wasn’t everything it could have been. Restrictions prevented any spectators from attending, even though this was an outdoor event on a 900 acre facility. Maybe next year will be the big comeback the Canadian motorsports scene needs.

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